Don’t Take the Bait! – Speaking with Your Children About the Details of Your Divorce Case

How children process your divorce, and whether they have scars as a result of the divorce are things that you can help control.  Child custody research shows that conflict among parents is incredibly harmful to children.  Not the physical separation between parents, but the actual conflict. Perhaps your spouse is telling the children about the…

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Three Easy Steps to Change Last Your Name After a Divorce in New Mexico

Although it is legal to keep your married name after a divorce, many women find that returning to their maiden name is a step toward a fresh start.  It is important that you let your attorney know you would like to change your last name prior to the entry of the final divorce decree, as…

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5 Simple Steps to Keep the Holidays Special for your Children After Divorce

Holidays are often filled with joy and excitement for children but can also be a source of pain and sadness when the family is no longer together. Navigating two households during the holidays requires adults to put their own feelings aside and focus on the children first. Here are five simple steps to assist in…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. In honoring the brave individuals who are breaking the cycle of abuse, Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley is partnering with Jenell Pagan, an independent Mary Kay Representative, in sponsoring Halloween pumpkins to be delivered to victims living in local safe houses. These pumpkins are filled with Mary Kay products good…

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Congratulations to Best Team of Family Lawyers in New Mexico

Congratulations to Sandra Morgan Little and Roberta S. Batley for your continued recognition by The Best Lawyers in America.©   Our amazing attorneys were again selected by their peers for inclusion in this top group for their work in Family Law.  This is the 12th consecutive year that Roberta Batley is being recognized and the 25th consecutive…

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Should You Hire A Male or Female Attorney?

We get this question a lot from potential clients. Possibly because in family law people believe there may be biases associated with various genders or gender roles.  “If she has a female attorney I need a female attorney too, or vice-versa.”  In my experience the decision whether to hire a male or female attorney should…

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New Mexico Women’s Bar Award for Supporting Women In Law

On May 10, 2018, Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, PA, received the New Mexico Women’s Bar Award for Supporting Women in the Law. Why? It’s a long story.   The firm began in 1992, when Jan Gilman-Tepper and Sandra Morgan Little left the firm they had practiced with for many years.   They wanted to establish a firm…

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Tips from a Judge on Finding the Right Attorney

Attorney Randy Powers shares Judge Kass’ perspective regarding effective legal representation. Good Divorce Lawyers Tell You Bad News by Honorable Anne Kass. Ann Kass is a District Judge in the Second Judicial District State of New Mexico I have heard people who are thinking about getting a divorce say, “I want the meanest, toughest attorney…

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Communicating With 3rd Parties About Your Case

Family law cases can be stressful, and it is extremely common to vent about such frustrations to family members, friends, significant others, co-workers, etcetera. However, we would recommend that you exercise caution, and remember the following before doing so: Your communications are not protected under the attorney-client privilege. Only communications between you and your lawyer…

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Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze? – Picking and Choosing Your Battles in A Family Law Case

In a family law case it is always important to try and focus on your larger long term goals. By doing so you will achieve more favorable results in the long run, and avoid unnecessary skirmishes along the way.  You will also avoid more conflict with the opposing party.  This will not only save you…

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